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Steelers – Titans Takeaways

Ben Roethlisberger completed 11 of 18 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown vs the Titans in what will be his only preseason appearance. Roethlisberger exited the game mid-way through the second quarter.

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Roethlisberger’s day was highlighted by a 32 yard touchdown strike to Justin Hunter who beat Titans DB Adoree’ Jackson deep for the score.

While the Steelers first-team offense minus Antonio Brown/Le’Veon looked out of sync at times and couldn’t get a running game going, the Steelers out of the no-huddle went 80 yards in just a 1:45 on their lone scoring drive in the first quarter.

The Steelers plan to run the no-huddle much more this season with Todd Haley gone as offensive coordinator. Roethlisberger and Haley often butted heads about Haley’s reluctance to run the no-huddle as much as Roethlisberger wanted.

That won’t be an issue in 2018.

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The Titans big boys had a dismal day.

Mariota was 5/8 for 43yards with an interception and was sacked twice. Mariota missed a wide open Corey Davis for a would-be touchdown on the Titans opening drive.

RB Derrick Henry was limited to 12 yards on five carries.

The Steelers front-seven was excellent at getting pressure and Bud Dupree had a promising game as the Steelers had him in a role where was lining up in several different spots.[/hide]

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com